Duke takes down Terps

October, 24, 2009
10/24/09
5:23
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

For the first time in a long time, Duke was favored to win a football game. What wasn't surprising, though, was that the Blue Devils delivered.

Once again Duke compensated for the lack of a running game with the arm of quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns in the 17-13 win. It marked the first time since 1994 that the Blue Devils won back-to-back games against conference opponents.

"It means a whole lot," said Duke linebacker Vincent Rey in a quick telephone interview. "With the group of guys I'm playing with, and the coaches, how hard they’ve worked to make us better every week, it definitely means a lot.

"It felt good, but we know inside the Duke community, we know how well we have to play in order to win and we know that it starts during the practice week," he said. "We have to practice extremely hard and efficiently in order to give ourslevs a chance to win. Even thoough it wasn’t pretty, we were able to get the win."

And at Duke, they'll take it anyway they can get it.

Up next for the Blue Devils is Virginia, the one ACC team they were able to beat last year. A third straight win is possible, but the Cavaliers will work hard to avoid a second straight loss to Duke -- especially after a crushing loss to Georgia Tech today. The Terps, however, dropped to 2-6 and could possibly finish the rest of the season without another win.

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